Our evidence base provides the best available information to support Management Plan policies. It includes scientific and social research; analysis of historical information and geospatial data; lessons learned from pilot projects and work on the ground.
The AONB Unit carries out research itself and in partnership with other bodies, and it commissions work from others. Using our time depth approach, we are studying each aspect of the landscape to map it, understand it, and ask questions about it.
Visit the Publications library to view and download High Weald research reports.
Read about the latest research:
Dallington Forest Ancient and Veteran Tree Survey
This report highlights the importance of ancient and veteran trees at Dallington Forest in East Sussex. The study is the result of an extensive project aiming to establish and promote the ecological value of the area and advise on best practice in managing the landscape. Read more
High Weald Colour Study
This study documents the existing colours in the High Weald AONB landscape and provides advice on what colours can be used in new development to help to integrate it into the landscape successfully. Read more
Field systems in the High Weald
This report provides a framework for identifying and conserving our most historically-significant fields – particularly in countryside facing considerable change through development or agricultural modification. Read more
Woodland carbon storage
This report quantifies the role that the High Weald's woodlands play in storing carbon. Read more
Can we feed ourselves?
This report looks at how the High Weald landscape can grow food to secure our future food supply. Read more
New guidance for Kent and Sussex woods
A report that will interest anyone curious about the history, ecology and management of the High Weald's steep-sided, wooded ravines (gills) has been published by the High Weald AONB Partnership. Read more
Unconventional hydrocarbon resources of the Weald
We have produced a summary of the British Geological Survey (BGS) report on the unconventional hydrocarbon resources of the Weald Basin. Read more
High Weald Biodiversity Statement
A newly published report, the High Weald Biodiversity Statement, provides a synthesis of the information and data on the biological diversity and ecological importance of the High Weald. Read more